Principal's Message:

 

04/03/20

Dear Families of the 104 Community,

 

Today marks the completion of our second week of our remote learning plan. As a staff, we are continuing to acclimate to this new approach to teaching and are making adjustments as needed to support our students as best as we can. I thank our staff for their efforts! I also commend our students for working hard and adjusting their work habits in order to continue their learning. Finally, I thank our families for all of the adjustments they have made at home to ensure their children are successful. We are in this together and we will work with everyone to make this a successful experience.

 

Encourage Students to Check Their 104m.org Email Accounts

As we continue to work to support your child, we ask families to ensure that students are checking their 104m.org gmail accounts throughout the day. This is a way that teachers attempt to connect with students regarding suggestions for improving or completing their work, as well as to invite them to targeted live instructional sessions when needed. By checking their accounts, students will be able to stay on track and receive the support and guidance they need to be successful. We thank you all for your support with this.

 

Student Schedules and Assignment Deadlines

When we started our remote learning plan, we indicated that students would be provided with "suggested schedules" to help structure their day. I want to remind everyone that these schedules are suggested and that we understand that each family's home and work schedule is unique. Students should work each day on a schedule that is most convenient for them. In addition, we assign deadlines for student work as a way to maintain structure. While we strongly encourage students to submit assignments by the assigned deadline, we are also exercising flexibility as needed to support students and families. As always, we encourage you to contact us with any concerns you may have. You can find staff contact info in our Staff Directory.

 

Spirit Week is Coming!!!

As I have said previously, maintaining our sense of school community is very important to our staff. We began this week with the start of our Weekly Art Challenge, facilitated by Mr. Tresnan. We have almost 100 students that have accessed the classroom for this! I am excited to see the artwork that is submitted and can't wait to share it with our community. For those that are interested the code for this classroom is yodd3rq. 

 

Our next community event will be our annual Spirit Week. While we are physically apart, we can still come together as a community! Our Spirit Week will be held from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24. Each day of the week will be marked by a different them, and community members will then dress in the theme of that day and share photos. We will then share our collection of photos to celebrate each day! There are few things that need to be completed in order to ensure student participation:

  • Students should complete our Spirit Week Survey to vote on the themes they would like included!

  • In order for students to share photos with the community, parents must complete the DOE Media Consent Form. Photos cannot be shared unless parents complete this consent form. By granting consent here you would also grant permission for any future images for this school year to be posted as well. 

I wish everyone continued health and safety during this time. We are all managing very unique circumstances. It is important that we all continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines that have been set forth to ensure the safety of others. I thank all of the health care providers, ESM workers, law enforcement officers, and all essential workers that are tending to the needs of others during this time. There are many of these people either within our community or connected to our community members and I am so grateful for everything they are doing to keep us all safe and healthy. Be safe and be well everyone.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rocco Macri

Principal

 

 

03/23/20

Dear Families of the 104 Community,

 

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well and safe. Our staff has been hard at work preparing for the launch of our distance learning program. I thank the wonderful teaching staff for their tireless efforts in making this all possible so quickly. I am proud of the way our entire community has responded to this challenge and am increasingly confident about our plan.

 

Please see the important announcements below:

 

MS 104 Distance Learning Plan

Our plan for distance learning is as follows:

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, students will log on to Google Classroom for each of their teachers using the attached log in codes. Most students have these codes but we are providing them here.

 

  • Attendance will be taken daily. Guidance regarding this process is forthcoming.

 

  • Core content teachers will post assignments daily via Google Classroom. Assignments for elective teachers will be posted via Google Classroom as well and will be ones that can be worked on over the course of the week in many instances.

 

  •  A schedule for students will be provided by each house. These schedules are "suggested" as we are aware that students may need to work on schedules that accommodate families' schedules.

 

  •  Students can expect assignments for the day to be posted by 9:00 a.m. The majority of assignments will be those that will be done independently to ensure that all students can complete work. There may be occasional "live" lessons, chats, or recorded lessons for students to access. Recommended links and resources will also be posted.

 

  • Teachers will advise students of when they can be accessed for support should it be needed. This will be communicated through Google Classroom to students.

 

  • Please know that we will be monitoring the effectiveness of our plan and will adjust as needed.

 

Please know that we will be monitoring the effectiveness of our plan and will adjust as needed.

 

We will continue communicating with our school community via the Baruch Blast and Pupil Path. Staff can be reached via email. You can visit here for our staff directory.

 

We are here to support our families as we transition to online learning. As with anything new, there may be some bumps along the way. We appreciate your support and patience as we implement this plan.

 

I look forward to connecting with you virtually in the weeks ahead! Stay safe!

 

Sincerely,

 

Rocco Macri, 

Principal

Click here for the DOE Letter Regarding Remote Learning

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Guidance Counselor Message:

 

Dear Families,

 

We know as a community this has been a trying time, and we will come together to support our students and maintain consistency with supports as much as possible. 

 

Below you will find resources for  families to continue self care, as well as to help  students build coping skills and resiliency. 

 

Be well and stay healthy!

 

Best,

Guidance Dept.

 

 

Clinical and Supportive Resources from Child Mind Institute

(including telemedicine):

 

https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

 


Contact information for counseling services through NYC WELL:

 

https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/crisis-services/know-who-to-call/

https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/find-services/

 

https://hitesite.org/search?category=14

 

 

Coping Skills  Resources:

 

https://www.calm.com

 

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

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